Business owners unite against parking proposal

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

"There is a groundswell of opposition to this by business owners," he said. "It would be a disaster. No one is saying there is not a parking problem here. But there are other ways to do it.”

Shipman said he plans to present a petition at the now-scheduled public workshop on Tuesday that would have the signature of more than 1,000 registered voters against it.

“We are trying to get answers,” Schissler said. “People come here and love this place, then they move in and want to change the way things are. Beach life is parties, bars, restaurants, but when new people move here, they want it all stopped."

Schissler is serving as president of the newly formed group called the Walton County Small Business Association, Inc. Marie's Bistro owner Hanie Nasri is the group's vice president, and the treasurer is Louis Petit.

"We felt as small businesses we don't stand a chance so we thought we needed to organize,” said Nasri.

Nasri said the first week there were 10 people at their organizational meeting, then 50, then 103 last week.

"Our mission is to make sure we're not stepped on. We're just very tired," he said. "They would have voted Sept. 10 if we had not done what we did."

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